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A Comparative Study on the Constitutional Right to Health in the Western Pacific Region Countries

Authors
 Sungkyoung Choi  ;  Sanghyun Park  ;  So Yoon Kim 
Citation
 ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, Vol.30(5) : 458-469, 2018 
Journal Title
 ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH 
ISSN
 1010-5395 
Issue Date
2018
Keywords
Western Pacific region ; constitutions ; health care system ; right to health ; universal health coverage
Abstract
We examined the constitutional provisions on the right to health in the Western Pacific region countries and compared universal health coverage (UHC) achievement. In 9 of the 11 countries, the constitution had provisions related to health rights, of which 7 countries also included details related to the health care system. Additionally, 5 countries also had provisions for the vulnerable. The countries with weak state obligation and no clear provisions on health rights (China and Laos) all recorded low UHC achievement scores. Australia and Malaysia, which do not have constitutional provisions regarding health, have achieved high UHC achievement scores. Constitution is the supreme law of a country and the basis for developing and implementing health and medical laws and policies. In addition, laws or constitutions that regulate the rights to health can help gain access to health care. Follow-up research related to the constitutional right to health will be needed.
Full Text
https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1010539518789351
DOI
10.1177/1010539518789351
Appears in Collections:
1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Medical Law and Bioethics (의료법윤리학과) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
Kim, So Yoon(김소윤) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7015-357X
URI
https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/169789
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